Telemedicine is changing the way medical professionals treat patients. Discover a payment solution that complements the innovative nature of your business today.
Telemedicine allows physicians and other healthcare specialists to treat patients remotely in real time. Using a combination of technology and telecommunication, doctors can offer consultations, diagnose and treat patients without the constraints of practicing in a traditional office or hospital. Smartphones, video conference, email, electronic health records and wearable monitoring devices are just a few of the tools used to facilitate telemedicine.
From emergencies to aftercare checkups, telemedicine is changing the way doctors do business by allowing them to provide care without delay from any location with reliable internet. Specialists can quickly view results from health-tracking devices the individual uses at home, and exchange their medical records as needed with other specialists. Blood glucose meters, ear infection detectors, and blood pressure monitors are common home-use medical devices that can be tracked remotely. Dermatologists take up the biggest market share of telemedicine, and can simply use audio and visual technology to treat patients.
Benefits of telemedicine include reduced travel costs and waiting room time for patients, and reduced overhead costs for clinical healthcare providers. For example, patients can receive surgery aftercare, continuous checkups for chronic illnesses and help with non-emergency ailments from the comfort of their homes by simply video chatting with their physician instead of making regular trips to the office. Geriatric patients are spared the taxing trip to the office for recurring treatment as well.
For serious emergencies, a doctor can use telemedicine to assess situations more quickly, walk the individual or first responders through the best course of action, help them avoid further detriment, and coordinate a hospital trip if needed. It could even prevent trips to the hospital, as doctors might be able to provide fast solutions. For rural areas with a dearth of healthcare providers, telemedicine is making a revolutionary impact on the availability of clinical healthcare.
Saving time and overhead costs for busy practices is a much-needed advance in the brimming healthcare industry, and the cost savings of telemedicine allow patients more affordable healthcare. Traditional healthcare costs are growing at an astronomical rate, and so is the number of chronic diseases in our population. Many practices are unable to take on more patients, and many individuals are unable to afford doctor visits.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that the U.S. spends 17.2% of its annual GDP on healthcare costs, the highest of any nation, and a percentage that has consistently been increasing. Additionally, the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that total U.S. healthcare spending will increase by 5.8% between 2018 and 2025—a faster growth rate than that of the national economy as a whole.
Telemedicine is making a fast-growing dent in the market. Virtual aftercare and consultations are projected to grow in popularity. According to American Well’s Telehealth Index 2017 Consumer Survey, 50 million consumers would switch providers to one that offers telehealth compared to only 17 million in 2015. North America is home to the biggest and fastest-growing telemedicine market in the world.
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Our experience in the industry helps us anticipate the needs of your business and deliver the highest quality products and services to meet them, whether your practice is large or small, 100% online or a combination of in-person and telemedicine. Often, merchant service providers will shy away from telemedicine businesses because they’re relatively new, or inflate their transaction rates. However, at BankCard USA, we understand the nuances of this healthcare sector and offer the guaranteed lowest rate of any verified provider for your telemedicine company.
In addition to medical professionals, we serve a broad range of ancillary businesses including the medical equipment engineers, manufacturers and retailers that are responsible for the modern, technology-based implementations that advance our medical community.
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